The 10 Most Evil Villains In Video Games

Mr_Vorhias
A brief explanation before we begin. There have already been countless lists of the best villains in video games in the past, and chances are there are no two that are alike, but I like to think that my list is different in some aspects because I haven't let things like popularity of the character or the game it's in influence my decisions.

Here are some stipulations I set:

- The character cannot be evil by any sort of outside forces influencing him. If they had a rough childhood, if they're out for revenge, if they're being forced by a more powerful villain, he's disqualified from being on the list.
- The character cannot at some point have assisted the protagonist.
- The character cannot show any sort of remorse, guilt, shame, or otherwise any sort of human traits towards their misdeeds.
- If the character believes they are doing good, they are off the list. I offer some compromise to that rule with any robotic, or computerized characters, who generally don't believe in good or evil, but "necessity."

So as you can see from these guidelines, I wasn't just looking for evil.

I was looking for EVIL.

Originally this was meant to be a top 20, but since I can't post anymore than 10, here're the runners up:

Chances are you aren't gonna agree with EVERYTHING on the list, but isn't that what makes lists like these great anyway?

Anyway, here's the top 10:

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1Gannondorf (Legend of Zelda)

There are no villains who could compare. Everybody who tries to make claims, like Bowser could stomp him or sephiroth could beat his sorry behind, they are just pathetic fans who are blind to the truth. His cold heart has always been a feature people respect him for. In Wind waker, he is willing to kidnap children, and near the end, he is ready to kill the two children who tried to stop him. He is the Hyrulian equivalent of the devil. He is described as a man with super human strength, BEFORE claiming the triforce. Imagine the power of a god in an already super human devil's hands. Despite his godly strength, he doesn't use mindless force to get everything. He cursed the Deku tree, leaving the guardian to die, and leaving the kokiri defenseless. He blocked the gorons' cavern, forcing them to starve, and if not for link, they would die. He made the zoras' deity become ill, and it had devoured their princess. Even when his plans failed, link made them succeed at the same time. After ...more

Ganondorf. What more is there to say? Most other villains pretend to have morals; they have objectives, they have standards, they have "ethics" or "taste".
Ganondorf wants to rule the world because he simply wishes to cause suffering, and doesn't care who gets in the way.

He is most likely, if he was allowed to be more than a Teen rated villain and get a mature or unrated game, the greatest evil and closest depiction to Satan in behavior and methods as we can imagine. He would likely try to eat little children if he thought it'd afford him more power. He makes no distinction between young, old, civilian, soldier, or even those who are his own people, the Gerudo, who time and time again he has led into disaster simply to further the suffering in the world and destroy any who would dare raise a finger to stop him.

The only person capable of defeating him is Link - the person chosen by essentially every deity conceived in the Zelda franchise to be ...more

One simply does not defeat Ganondorf. And imagine what would happen if Link didn't exist. Hyrule would be screwed. If Mario didn't exist, Bowser would still be stopped by Luigi, Yoshi, or even Peach herself (In fact I think Bowser should be lower on this list). Also, Nintendo, the company that made both Ganondorf and Bowser, confirmed that Ganondorf is actually stronger than Bowser, so how's Bowser going to stomp Ganon if Ganon is actually stronger? Lastly, in terms of actual villainy, Ganondorf is the video game counterpart of Satan (The Devil) while Bowser (according to theory) is more of a good guy. So take that Mario fanboys. Nothing you can say will make Bowser a better villain than Ganondorf.

Keep on Rollin

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2Bowser (Super Mario)Bowser or King Koopa is a video game character and the primary antagonist of Nintendo's Mario franchise.

Bowser is pure evil. His goal to repeatedly kidnap Princess Peach is only fueled by the hate and envy he harbors towards Mario. His army is a group of henchmen that he doesn't give a damn about - he doesn't even flinch as he places them near the greatest pits of danger, lava, deep holes and is basically using them as a shield. He doesn't care for any other life other than his own and Princess Peach's. And he is only desperate to keep Princess Peach alive for the sake of seeing the anguish in Mario as he himself saves the ability to feast over her.

People! Don't forget Bowser almost took over the UNIVERSE! (of video gaming). In Super Mario galaxy.

Yeah right, gannondorf killed childen. He's a dorf. It says it in his name.YA KNOW WHAT? BOWSER TENDS TO KILL MARIO, LUIGI, AND CUTE LITTE TOADS, AND CUTE LITLE YOSHI! Plus, bowser would only work with eggman.(And he's evil too! ) Bowser is so evil he looks scary.The reason why bowser kidnaps peach, well is because he become prince of the mushroom kingdom AND THEN DESTORY ALL UNIVERSES! (includeing where gannondorf is).In super smash bros brawl gannondorf had a go at trying to kill tabuu, but he just got PWNED.When bowser saw gannondorf's trophy bowser bited it and attacked it and made sure gannondorf would stay dead.and bowser got to kill tabuu not gannondorf.Oh and I'm also mad that GLaDOS is higher than bowser.Bowser can be funny too! And he has insults too! One time bowser said to mario "HOW ABOUT YOU RUN AWAY AND HIDE IN ONE OF YOUR PIPES? "And someone who begs his life for cake must be evil, right? - Sonicisbest123

Bowser is quite the cool guy '-'

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3Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII)

No way could ganon EVER compete with Sephiroth... No WAY. For one ganon doesn't summon a big ass rock to slam into eart. In no way does Ganon intend to kill every living thing including the Earth. Remember Sephiroth desired to have Earth become his transport throughout the universe and destroy the other planets. and if ganon can't take the mastersword how the hell is he going to be able to compete with Masarume?

Sephiroth is the baddest villian of all time. He's been in two different game franchises and is always hardest to beat. And his sword is longer than any katana in gaming history. I mean the man has his own theme music when the chorus is an orchestra singing his name. Fight sephiroth in kingdom hearts 1 & 2 and tell me he isn't the baddest ever.

A lot of people don't know of the accomplishments sephiroth made as a villian, for some reason and it's quite annoying. I mean, the guy took control of an alien that destroyed planets for eons till her death 2000 years ago. Now that's badass. I understand, kefka deserves to be respected because he became a god.

Coolest character ever!

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4GLaDOS (Portal)GLaDOS is a fictional artificially intelligent computer system appearing in the video games Portal and Portal 2. The character was created by Erik Wolpaw and Kim Swift and voiced by Ellen McLain.

I honestly don't think anyone can compare to the MURDEROUS, COLD, UNFEELING, SADISTIC, NARCISSISTIC personality of the feminine AI GLaDOS. She is arguably the best villain in the history of EVER. Let's see...

She starts off as a voice. You are absolutely clueless as to who or what she is. She makes you complete test after test AFTER TEST AFTER TEST. She makes you befriend an INANIMATE OBJECT. And then makes you incinerate it. And you're probably sick of hearing it, but the cake was a BIG LIE (There is also the theory that YOU are the cake). She tries to incinerate you in a big incinerator. You know ya panicked!

Hell, the way she goes out is awesome! She fires rockets at you, which you redirect at her with portals. If that's not bad enough, it's also a timed battle, you only have six minutes, last time I TRIED to check. And after you destroy her personality cores, she flat out explodes.

Her appearance in Portal 2 is also awesome. JUST LISTEN TO THE OPENING LINES. ...more

Somehow, it's all fun and games for both parties. That is, until she tries to kill you. Then it's fun and games for both parties with the threat of death constantly looming above your head... Or below your feet... Or in front of you with a laser pointed at your chest. GLaDOS was the villain that predated Marvel as far as humor and cruelty is concerned. There's so many good quotes of hers that are even applicable in real life. She even takes away your one and only "companion" not once, not twice, but FOUR TIMES, then tries to make you feel better by saying there's so many more. Shame on you, GLaDOS. The "Plenty of Fish" analogy does not apply here.

Real-world consequence for failure: You have to do it again.
GLaDOS's consequence for failure: An unsatisfactory mark on your official testing record, followed by death.

Real-world consequence for success: Results may vary.
GLaDOS's consequence for success: You get dragged into a fire pit and burned alive, instead of the cake that you rightfully deserve and sincerely earned.

Not only does she try to kill you, like all videogame villains, she lies to you about things for which there is no excuse for lying.

Not just her voice acting is awesome, but she always find every single way to kill Chell, but Chell smart-thinking saves her

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5Kefka (Final Fantasy 6)

Undoubtedly, the most evil villain of all time. Kefka is an insane, narcissistic clown whose only goal is to destroy all things, including the world, ideology, and religion. The funny thing is, while villains like Ganondorf succeed in their plans, but fail to completely execute them, Kefka does! Kefka actually betrays his alliances, unleashes the apocalypse, and becomes the God of Magic! And when the heroes finally confront him, what does he do? Actually... He acknowledges his defeat. Knowing his end is near, Kefka takes his final bow with a brief, powerful speech and amazing final battle. When all is said and done, Kefka's insanity, sadistic nature, failure to comprehend emotions, success in executing his plans, and his finale easily warrant him the title of the most evil villain of all time. (Fanboys eat your hearts out)

Are you confused about just how evil a villain could be considered? Look no further than Kefka, because he is one of the pinnacles, one of the standards to which truly evil villains should be measured by. Among other terrible acts, he poisoned the waters of Doma castle and killed everyone inside of it... for FUN.

He doesn't have a backstory, he isn't out for revenge, he hasn't experienced any childhood trauma. He's just one evil goddamn bastard. - Mr_Vorhias

Kefka is a villain that makes you hate him more than any other villain in video game history. He's sadistic psychopath with the most astounding amount of thought put into him. The symbolism is amazing, symbolism from The Divine Comedy (an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century) shown in the final battle, to Lucifer in his God of Magic form with an attack called "fallen one". Definitely should be number 1.

Kefka and Luca Blight are the most evil villains in fiction.

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6The Joker (Batman: Arkham Asylum)The Joker is a fictional supervillain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, ...read more.

The Joker is the best villain. He breaks out of Arkahm Asylum one of the most secured prisons in US like gowning in your house and getting out. He manipulated all the villains to work for him. He took control of the whole prison and stole the titan formula, and this is Arkham Asylum game, know in Arkham City he is sick but in a gang war against The Penguin, and Two Face. He has sent his blood to hospitals so people get sick since he has titan venom in his blood. He kills Talia al Ghul. He also almost kills Catwoman and in the end he dies. In Batman Arkham Origins he shows his true power. He captures Black Mask in his secured Penthouse kills his girlfriend and captures him an also takes control of all his men but first killing a quarter of his man so to make the others follow him. He then puts a 51,000,000 dollar bounty on Batman and hires eight assassins all of them dangerous. He kills one of the assassins for mocking him. He manipulates GCPD to kill Batman for the bounty. He goes in ...more

I personally think that the Joker should be number one. I love this guy so much! I cried when what happened to him in Arkham City. (Not giving out any spoilers. ) Come on guys. We need to get this guy to the main top! Or at least in the top 10 or 5 spot.

The joker is not only the most diabolical villain ever, he does it in his own style. He can torture, kill, morally and and physically break a man with both gadgets and his bare hands, and he does it all with a big smile of his face. Call me sick and twisted, but I think it' awesome. He's a well portrayed villain with his "trademark" destructive fantasy. - Giusti97

He can kill an entire building

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7Vladimir Makarov (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 & 3)

Definitely the most evil character I would personally say, considering the fact he:
Has done two massacres or more.
Killed thousands of Marines.
Millions dead at his hand.
Vladimir would go has far as slaughtering his right hand man to get what he wants and
Loads more that I can't be bothered to list because there are so many reasons!

Pure evil, most evil villian in Call of Duty series. He is highly deranged, sadistic, ruthless, homicidal, emotionless, and psychotic, willing to slaughter anyone who stands in his way in cold blood. He is an intelligent and cunning leader with a good plan for European and world domination and gets thwarted and killed by Captain Price just as he is about to suceed.

Makarov has killed more people in one airport massacre than the total kill counts of Bowser, Ganon, Glados, Kefla and Sephiroth combined! Surely Vladimir Makarov should be #1.

Most evil character of the Call of Duty series...

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8Porky Minch (Mother 3)

He should be number one. No one is more psychotic than him. Albert wesker a close second, but still. He dominated a peaceful society, brainwashed everyone, killed Lucas' mother, and mechanized animals, and eventually Lucas' brother Claus.

Really, when you come down to it, Giygas isn't the real villain, it's Porky. Why? Well...

1. Giygas DID brainwash Porky, but even after Giygas died, Porky stayed evil, and nobody else did
2. Giygas did not intend to brainwash him or anybody else, but did it because he was the embodiment of evil
3. He's a self- centered, cruel, psychopathic jackass!

Wants to destroy a world for boredom. Before destroying it, however, he still thought of turning most animals into cyborgs and sending Pigmasks (weird version of Nazis) to do some bad stuff, like setting forests on fire and killing people. And he's also the ONE villain in video-games who is truly immortal.

He Should Be Number 1

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9The Enemy Paddle (Pong)

Cold.

Lifeless.

Unthinking.

Emotionless.

Inhuman.

And it only has one primary directive in mind: Your crushing defeat. - Mr_Vorhias

Yes, you will follow the ball, yes you will bounce it back, BUT THIS GAME'S BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS! DIE, BATTERY, DIE ALREADY! - Oreanta

A heartless villain, who's only intention is to get the ball behind you. It shows no mercy. It will never stop until it wins. It doesn't care about you, it's a madman, and you can't mediate with it. Bouncing the ball past you is more than evil.

Impossible to beat. What it just bounces back every time it is impossible.

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10Darth Vader (multiple Star Wars games)

Crazy in the force unleashed. He sticks a lightsaber right through the apprentice's chest. EVIL.

Dudes dark, evil, careless and awesome. Nothing beets Darth, nothing

Good guy turned bad guy, the most complex villain of all time.

I am your father

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The Newcomers

?Lionel Starkweather (Manhunt)

A very nasty villain indeed. Besides the fact that he runs a snuff film ring, he also controls the corrupt police force and will kill anyone who gets in his way mainly seen through his murder of the main character's family. What a horrible guy he is, and is one of the truly evil villains in video games. - Mrveteran

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11Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)

If you never played Borderlands 2 you won't understand the hype around this psychopath. But if you have you will always remember this bastard. One of the best villains I had the pleasure to kill after hours of manipulation and smart ass jokes from him. But in all fairness, you couldn't resist to like the guy in a twisted way...

What I love about Handsome Jack is how truly insane he is. He genuinely thinks that he's the hero of the game and that everything he's doing is 100% justified and for the good of the planet. He slaughters innocent people in the thousands, and then acts like they should be thankful for it. He's truly unhinged.

Jack is the most funny character I have ever seen. However when you get through the game, you find jack's real personality. You see something much more sinister

Jack is charming and psycho man... it make me love with jack

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12Wesker (Resident Evil 5)

Come on! He's based on Neo from Matrix! He betrays everyone and he only cares about himself. He tried to destroy the world and almost succeeded. Chris obviously got luckily cause Wesker fell in lava. He brainwashed Jill to fight Chris. Can't get much more evil than that. - DunnaNunnaBatman

He uses stars as lab rats in the first game, and kills all except five of the stars alpha team. He becomes a superhuman after injecting Birkin's G-Virus into his own skin to resurrect himself. He reappears in Code Veronica, and hunts down Chris and Claire in pursuit of Alexia Ashford, and her assets. In later games, he sacrifices whoever he has to, and comes close to his plan of wiping out the human race and making a perfect society of super human beings. - PCgamer98

Wesker has betrayed everybody he comes in contact with he should be number one he could kick anybody's pathetic ass on this list. How dare you place him as number thirteen!

He's much more sick and twisted in the first game, and code veronica

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13Andrew Ryan (Bioshock)

Why Andrew Ryan? Simple.
Andrew Ryan isn't your usual villain. His personality is well delevoped, and it's slowly revealed over the game. He's a man of ideals. He constructed a city in the bottom of the ocean. He's just... just... reactive! - RigasUT

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14Giygas (EarthBound)

Honestly I was really surprised when I saw he wasn't on here. Giygas is perhaps one of the most nightmarish video game villains ever. Fighting giygas is like fighting the very stuff that nightmares are made of. I think he at least deserves to be in the top 10.

How is he not higher 1st off he is pretty much a living nightmare every time I fight him I feel like gaining it's like fighting the pure essence of fear he has no form but blood red color that make out well find out yourself honestly Nintendo's villains don't really make me feel anything other then joy because I love to hate them but this guy proves that Nintendo is capable of creating horror filled things

Giygas is pure evil. He/she wants to destroy all of Earth, and brainwashed Pokey who joined a cult, flew a helicopter, imprisoned a girl, took over a city, and all this crazed stuff. Of course, even though Pokey's a total jerk, it's all Giygas' fault.

He's the embodiment of evil

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15Mephiles the Dark (Sonic the Hedgehog 2006)

Although his only game appearance was a flop, there is no question that this dark being is truly evil. After being freed, he took out his frustrations on Shadow, who later in the game travels back in time to seal Mephiles in the Scepter of Darkness. After teleporting Rouge, Shadow and himself into the dystopian future, Mephiles then tricked Silver and Blaze into thinking that killing Sonic would save their world. Mephiles also planted the seeds of doubt in Omega's head, reminding the robot that it was he who had captured and imprisoned Shadow in the future. Twice Mephiles tried to coerce Shadow into helping him, but Shadow bluntly refused both times. In the end, Mephiles killed Sonic to make Elise cry, thus releasing Iblis from within the princess so that Mephiles could join with Iblis and once again become Solaris. - CopycatTheUnknown

If someone is speaking of Sonic 06 they never talk about Mephiles and that's sad because I still think that the best one is kefka but damn HE IS A BIG EVIL THAT ALMOST WON! The only reason he lost is because of the bull plot. This guy is the darkness. He haves the devil as a friend. He killed the hero.

He is heartless and will never change. And in the future everyone is because of iblis (the devil) and mephiles dead. This guy should be somewhere at 4, 3 or 2

Why isn't this guy at the top? He's the only villain in the whole franchise who actually managed to kill sonic.

My Shadow this guy was evil. He killed Sonic, took advantage of a young, immature hedgehog (silver) and literally is just a butt who everyone hates. The end

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16Mileena (Mortal Kombat)

Come on guys. This woman is creepy and very powerful. Her sexy body is impressive and those sharp-razor teeth only makes her more special
Mileena rulez! - Alexandr

Mileena is the best villain in gaming and in mortal kombat history and she my favorite villain of all time number 1 on my list take that green scorpion

Very creepy and eats human beings when she is a human herself I think and she tried to seduce her sister in mortal kombat 9 and really hard to defeat and her fatalties are really freaky

17SHODAN (System Shock)

The blueprint of what future villains like GLaDOS would become, SHODAN would torture you before you even get to face her in combat. Taunting you over PA systems, cutting off friendly radio transmissions, and watching you from the computer monitors with a cold, and unfeeling stare.

Oh, yeah... And she hates humans... well not necessarily, being a computer program she's incapable of real emotion, so she doesn't necessarily HATE humans... it's just that her infallible internal can't comprehend how something so pathetic and worthless can exist.
- Mr_Vorhias

Just play system shock by yourself, you will understand

18Sovereign (Mass Effect)

No remorse for any life in the Galaxy. Brought about the destruction of Galactic Civilization every 50,000 years for countless millions of years. Uses deception and any resources without second thought to achieve its goals. It's so evil that it seeks nothing except the destruction of all life, period.

Pure evil, with dire intentions even beyond comprehension... - Savastano20

Pretty much every line Sovereign has says "I am evil", and everything he/she/it/whatever says the same. Sounds shallow, but somehow they pulled it off.

Shouldn't be sovereign should be reapers in general

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19Illusive Man (Mass Effect 3)
20Dr. Eggman (Sonic the Hedgehog)

Dr Eggman is the joker of video game villains (and no the batman games as great as they are don't make them count as video game characters) he would blow up 75% of the world conquer the remaining 25% and say (see I now rule the hole world still counts) that is how insane he is heck he unleashed and evil god the destroyed a hole city in one game blew up half the moon in another and finally Blew the hole world up into different pieces all the while just laughing hohoho he is the thing other villains have nightmares of.

In Sonic Adventure 2, he launches Sonic into space and tries to BLOW HIM UP. Point is, he has mistakes, but come on. He has an IQ of 300. He is one heck of a villain.

He has such an high IQ but still makes stupid plans. Sorry, Robotnik.

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